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US Ends Military Mission in Iraq

The U.S. military has formally ended its mission in Iraq.  At a ceremony in Baghdad, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta watched as American troops lowered their command’s flag, marking an end to the nearly nine-year war that drove out Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.   It was a solemn, low-key ceremony outside a terminal at Baghdad’s airport […]

US flag ceremony ends war in Iraq

15 December 2011 Last updated at 13:48 GMT Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. US Defences Secretary, Leon Panetta: “To all of the men and women in uniform today your nation is deeply indebted to you.” The flag of American forces in Iraq has been lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years […]

Terror suspect defence law passes

15 December 2011 Last updated at 02:26 GMT FBI Director Robert Mueller said it was not clear how the provision would impact law enforcement agencies The US House of Representatives has passed a defence bill likely to change the way the US detains terror suspects. The bill passed after the White House lifted a veto […]

Panetta: Troops’ Sacrifices ‘Paying Off’ in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told American troops in eastern Afghanistan the United States is winning the 10-year-old war against extremists in the country. Panetta flew to a remote U.S. Military base to present valor award medals to soldiers and offer reassurances the troops are making what he called significant progress in the war against […]

Panetta in Afghanistan, Calls 2011 a ‘Turning Point’

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is on a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he says 2011 will mark a turning point in the 10-year-old war.   U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul for a visit with troops and a first-hand assessment from the man who commands them, General John Allen. Speaking on his […]

Netanyahu spokesman: Palestinians to blame for deadlock

A spokesman for Israel‘s prime minister has said the Palestinian leadership is to blame for the deadlock in peace talks, a day after the US defence secretary asserted that Israel was not doing enough to renew negotiations. Mark Regev, a spokesman for Binyamin Netanyahu, said Israel remains ready for the resumption of peace talks without […]

Panetta to Israel: ‘Get to the Damn Table’ for Peace Talks

The top U.S. defense official is warning Israel it cannot afford to further isolate itself from Arab neighbors in the Middle East. During a forum in Washington late Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Israel needs to start by getting back “to the damn table” and negotiating peace with the Palestinians.  He also called […]

US urges Israel to end isolation in Middle East

US defence secretary Leon Panetta has urged Israel to “reach out and mend fences” with Turkey, Egypt and other security partners in the Middle East, saying he is troubled by the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the volatile region. In a speech at a Brookings Institution forum in Washington, Panetta said that while Israel is […]

Nato air attack on Pakistani troops was self-defence, says senior western official

An attack by Nato aircraft on Pakistani troops that allegedly killed as many as 28 soldiers and looks set to further poison relations between the US and Pakistan was an act of self-defence, a senior western official has claimed. According to the Kabul-based official, a joint US-Afghan force operating in the mountainous Afghan frontier province […]

Pakistan to Reexamine Relations with US After Deadly NATO Raid

Pakistan says it is reviewing its relations with the United States and NATO in the aftermath of a predawn cross-border airstrike Saturday on two military outposts in the country’s northwest which killed at least 26 Pakistani soldiers and wounded 14 others. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and top military and government leaders discussed the […]